How do you use will in a before clause?

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How do you use will in a before clause?

Unread postby Teo » 17 Apr 2006, 08:29

Transfer students must have completed one full-time semester at Clemson University before they will be considered for University scholarships.

I think 'will be considered' should be changed to 'are considered' in the above sentence.
What do you think?
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Verb in before clause

Unread postby Lucy » 20 Apr 2006, 19:35

Dear Teo,

Thank you for this interesting question.

You are right to say that 'are considered' should be used in the sentence. In sentences with a “before clause” i.e. “before they will be considered for University scholarships”, the part of the sentence that begins with “before” is expressed in the present tense.

Compare it with “I’ll finish my homework before I go out”. The sentence structure is also similar to that used in “if” sentences; e.g. “If it rains, I’ll stay at home”.

Good luck and best wishes,


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